Women's REACH Program
The Women’s REACH (Recovery, Engagement, Access, Coaching & Healing) Program is a program funded by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). It is designed to provide outreach, engagement, case management, recovery coaching, community connections to treatment, and recovery support resources to women, in particular those who are pregnant and/or parenting.
The Women's REACH program provides female Recovery Navigators for pregnant or parenting women with substance use or co-occurring disorders. The Navigator will provide education, advocacy, recovery coaching and case management. Through their personal knowledge of the recovery community, each Navigator will help connect women to services aimed at enhancing their recovery journey while supporting their goals as they develop a safe support network.
Women’s Recovery Navigators will spend most of their time in the community outreaching to and engaging with women, establishing and maintaining community connections, and facilitating connections between the two. Recovery Navigators help women develop collaborative relationships with community-based medical and behavioral health providers, including birthing hospitals, recovery programs, Department of Children and Families, and the Office of Early Childhood. They will also help women access the services they need to develop a personal recovery support network and become successful mothers. The Women’s Recovery Navigator is not intended to replace clinical services; rather enhance them.
Plan of Safe Care
The Women’s Recovery Navigator will support women and their health care providers in the development of a Plan of Safe Care. A Plan of Safe Care is meant to be a community safety net for families affected by substance use. Ideally, the plan is established during pregnancy, prior to child welfare involvement. The plan covers:
Prenatal and postpartum care
Support with breastfeeding
Medication and pain management
Reproductive health including contraception and pregnancy planning
Engagement, treatment, recovery supports and retention
Treatment for partner/other family members
Infant Health and Development
High risk follow-up care, with referral to specialty care
Developmental screening and assessment, linkage to early intervention services
Early care and education program
Parenting and Family Support
Coordinated case management
Home Visiting/Head Start
Housing, employment support, child care, transportation
If you are interested in this program, please call 203.339.4777.
This program is funded by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).
592 Kossuth Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608
665 Arctic Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608